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Protecting your home in the winter months

While everyone loves a white Christmas, and that glittering carpet of fresh snow is undeniably beautiful, protecting your home during winter in cold climates can be a lot of work. From freezing pipes to power failures, here are five cold weather risks to look out for and protect against during the winter months:

Water woes

Winter weather can wreak havoc with pipes and waterlines. There are a few different things to watch out for, and several solutions to put in place.

First, take a walk around the house and look for exterior pipes, access points (including garden hose spigots), and water features (including pools, ponds, fountains, etc.) Turn off and drain the lines for anything you won’t be using during the winter; when the water freezes in pipes, it can burst them, making for some costly repairs come spring.

Next, consider waterlines located on exterior walls that serve the house … Read the rest